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Life’s Important Lessons

 

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SOME IMPORTANT LESSONS LIFE TEACHES YOU

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1 ~ Most Important Lesson – Always remember that everyone is important to God.

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.

Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely,”said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello’.”

“I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

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Second Important Lesson – Always stop and help others in need.

One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.

Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Nat King Cole”.

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Third Important Lesson ~ Always remember those who serve you.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.” Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.”Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.” The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five cents – You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

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Fourth Important Lesson ~ Always remember that every obstacle can be an opportunity.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then, a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

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Fifth Important Lesson ~ Always remember to love others no matter what the cost.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and seriousdisease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her…” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then, his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

You see, understanding and attitude, after all, is everything. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

From: gatewaytoJesus.com

“Walk in the Light”

If we walk in the light as He is in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin —1 John 1:7

To mistake freedom from sin only on the conscious level of our lives for complete deliverance from sin by the atonement through the Cross of Christ is a great error. No one fully knows what sin is until he is born again. Sin is what Jesus Christ faced at Calvary. The evidence that I have been delivered from sin is that I know the real nature of sin in me. For a person to really know what sin is requires the full work and deep touch of the atonement of Jesus Christ, that is, the imparting of His absolute perfection.The Holy Spirit applies or administers the work of the atonement to us in the deep unconscious realm as well as in the conscious realm. And it is not until we truly perceive the unrivaled power of the Spirit in us that we understand the meaning of 1 John 1:7 , which says, “. . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” This verse does not refer only to conscious sin, but also to the tremendously profound understanding of sin which only the Holy Spirit in me can accomplish.

I must “walk in the light as He is in the light . . .”— not in the light of my own conscience, but in God’s light. If I will walk there, with nothing held back or hidden, then this amazing truth is revealed to me: “. . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses [me] from all sin” so that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke in me. On the conscious level it produces a keen, sorrowful knowledge of what sin really is. The love of God working in me causes me to hate, with the Holy Spirit’s hatred for sin, anything that is not in keeping with God’s holiness. To “walk in the light” means that everything that is of the darkness actually drives me closer to the center of the light.

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Inspiring Lessons

STORY ONE

NOT WHAT THEY APPEAR

“THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM; THE FIRST APPEARANCE DECEIVES MANY; THE INTELLIGENCE OF A FEW PERCEIVES WHAT HAS BEEN CAREFULLY HIDDEN…”

THE STORY:

TWO TRAVELING ANGELS STOPPED TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE HOME OF A WEALTHY FAMILY. THE FAMILY WAS RUDE AND REFUSED TO LET THE ANGELS STAY IN THE MANSION’S GUEST ROOM. INSTEAD THE ANGELS WERE GIVEN A SPACE IN THE COLD BASEMENT. AS THEY MADE THEIR BED ON THE HARD FLOOR, THE OLDER ANGEL SAW A HOLE IN THE WALL AND REPAIRED IT.

WHEN THE YOUNGER ANGEL ASKED WHY, THE OLDER ANGEL REPLIED, “THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM”.
THE NEXT NIGHT THE PAIR CAME TO REST AT THE HOUSE OF A VERY POOR, BUT VERY HOSPITABLE FARMER AND HIS WIFE. AFTER SHARING WHAT LITTLE FOOD THEY HAD THE COUPLE LET THE ANGELS SLEEP IN THEIR BED WHERE THEY COULD HAVE A GOOD NIGHT’S REST.

WHEN THE SUN CAME UP THE NEXT MORNING THE ANGELS FOUND THE FARMER AND HIS WIFE IN TEARS. THEIR ONLY COW, WHOSE MILK HAD BEEN THEIR SOLE INCOME, LAY DEAD IN THE FIELD. THE YOUNGER ANGEL WAS INFURIATED AND ASKED THE OLDER ANGEL “HOW COULD YOU HAVE LET THIS HAPPEN!? THE FIRST MAN HAD EVERYTHING, YET YOU HELPED HIM,” SHE ACCUSED. “THE SECOND FAMILY HAD LITTLE BUT WAS WILLING TO SHARE EVERYTHING, AND YOU LET THEIR COW DIE.”

“THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM,” THE OLDER ANGEL REPLIED.

“WHEN WE STAYED IN THE BASEMENT OF THE MANSION, I NOTICED THERE WAS GOLD STORED IN THAT HOLE IN THE WALL. SINCE THE OWNER WAS SO OBSESSED WITH GREED AND UNWILLING TO SHARE HIS GOOD FORTUNE, I SEALED THE WALL SO HE WOULDN’T FIND IT. THEN LAST NIGHT AS WE SLEPT IN THE FARMER’S BED, THE ANGEL OF DEATH CAME FOR HIS WIFE. I TOLD HIM TO TAKE THE COW INSTEAD. YOU SEE MY YOUNG FRIEND, THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM.”

SOMETIMES THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THINGS DON’T TURN OUT THE WAY WE THINK THEY SHOULD. JUST HAVE FAITH AND TRUST THAT THE OUTCOME IS HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, ALTHOUGH YOU MIGHT NOT REALIZE IT, UNTIL SOME TIME LATER 

 

STORY   2

 

A YOUNG BUT EARNEST STUDENT APPROACHED HIS TEACHER, AND ASKED HIS MASTER: “IF I WORK VERY HARD AND DILIGENT HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO FIND ENLIGHTENMENT IN MY LIFE THE MASTER THOUGHT ABOUT THIS, THEN REPLIED, “TEN YEARS.

” THE STUDENT THEN SAID, “BUT WHAT IF I WORK VERY, VERY HARD AND REALLY APPLY MYSELF TO LEARN FAST — HOW LONG THEN ?” REPLIED THE MASTER, “WELL, TWENTY YEARS.” ”

BUT, IF I REALLY, REALLY WORK AT IT. LONG THEN ?” ASKED THE STUDENT. “THIRTY YEARS,” REPLIED THE MASTER. “BUT, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND,” SAID THE DISAPPOINTED STUDENT”.
AT EACH TIME THAT I SAY I WILL WORK HARDER, YOU SAY IT WILL TAKE ME LONGER. WHY DO YOU SAY THAT ?” REPLIED THE MASTER,” 

WHEN YOU HAVE ONE EYE ON THE GOAL, YOU ONLY HAVE ONE EYE ON THE PATH.”

WE NEED TO KEEP BOTH EYES ON THE PATH. DEMONSTRATING, THAT UNLIKE ANY OTHER EXPERIENCE IN OUR LIVES, ENLIGHTENMENT IS TRULY ABOUT THE JOURNEY AND NOT THE DESTINATION..
 
WE NEED TO HAVE PATIENCE IN ORDER TO STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT WE WANT TO DO. THERE IS NO SHORT CUT. WE DON’T GET THE CHICKEN BY SMASHING THE EGGS, THEY NEED TO BE HATCHED.

 

 

STORY 3  – ONE TRUE FRIEND

It is often said, if a person merits one true friend in his entire lifetime, he is greatly blessed.

True friendship is when we put our friend’s needs and desires ahead of our own, and they do the same for us. 

Story

There was once a man who lived hundreds of years ago, who did something for which the king condemned him to death. After hearing the sentence, the man turned to the king and asked, “Could I please have a week to put my affairs in order?”

The king replied, “I would like to grant you this wish, but I am concerned that you will not return to face your sentence, that you will run away.

If you can find somebody who will stay in your place while I set you free for a week to put your affairs in order, I will let you go. But bear in mind if you are not back in time to face your sentence; I will kill your friend instead—even if you are only a minute late.

However, if you do come back before one week is up, the sentence will be carried out on you as was intended.”

This man went to his closest friend, whom he had loved since childhood, and he asked him, “Can you please do me this favor?

I need a week to put my affairs in order before the king sentences me to death. I need you to replace me in the jail for one week so that the king will allow me to go.”

His friend replied, “Of course I will go to jail in your place, I would do anything for you.”

The week goes by, and the man puts his affairs in order. But the man runs into delays on the road back and is a little late in returning to the jail.

The king decides, “This man has not kept his promise, so I have no choice but to carry out his death sentence on his friend.” The guards escort his friend to the gallows to prepare for his hanging.

Just then the man who was originally sentenced to death starts running towards the gallows, yelling, “I’m here! I’m here! I was just a little late, but I’m here! I am the one who was sentenced to death so I am the one who must die. Set my friend free and put me in his place.”

Then the friend starts yelling back, “No, the seven days have passed! According to the terms of your agreement, my friend can no longer be put to death.

Now I am the one who is supposed to be put to death!” And they both started pleading their cases before the king, each one of them begging that he should be the one put to death instead of his friend.

The king, after seeing the selfless love between these two friends, called for silence. “My decree called for the death of one person, but I see that the bond between you is so complete that if I carry out the sentence I will be killing two people. Thus I am forced to annul my original decree. You may both go free.”

May we all merit one true friend. Knowing that when you develop such a heightened bond with another human being, you remove judgment and invite a tremendous flow of Light and blessings into your life.

From: inspiringstories-heartsoulmind.com.

Thoughtful and Inspirational

 

The Japanese master

A great Japanese master received a university professor who came to enquire about wisdom. The master served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. ‘It is overfull. No more will go in!’ ‘Like this cup,’ the master said, ‘you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you wisdom unless you first empty your cup?’

Stories to make you Think, by: Roger Darlington


 

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The secret of happiness

A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for 40 days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived.

Rather than finding a saintly man, though, our hero, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world. The wise man conversed with everyone, and the boy had to wait for two hours before it was his turn to be given the man’s attention.

The wise man listened attentively to the boy’s explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn’t have time just then to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours.

“Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something”, said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. “As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill”.

The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was.

“Well”, asked the wise man, “Did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that it took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?”

The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.

“Then go back and observe the marvels of my world”, said the wise man. “You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house”.

Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen.

“But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?” asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.

“Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you”, said the wisest of wise men. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon”.

Stories to Make you Think, By: Roger Darlington

Author: Paul Coelho in “The Alchemist”